Episode from the podcastA Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics

5: Meica Horsburgh on Mental Health

Released Friday, 25th September 2020
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Meica Horsburgh, the captain of Australia’s goalball side, sits down for a powerful and emotional discussion on mental health, bullying and how sport saved her life. 

Horsburgh, who was born with albinism, was the victim of bullying, prejudice and discrimination throughout her childhood, culminating in an attempt to take her own life aged 13. “The bullying was daily. I got called a lot of names. It got to the point where I hated life and to me there was nothing to live for. I struggled a lot.” 

It was only when Horsburgh discovered the sport of goalball that she found a community that she could connect with. She was able to find a release for her frustrations, and build confidence within herself, changing her psychology through time on the court. Appearing for the national side at 14, she has gone on to captain the Aussie Belles goalball team and led them all the way to the London 2012 Paralympic Games. “Goalball saved me. I found a place I could fit in and I knew I wasn’t alone there. Trying to change my mindset really helped.” 

The story of Horsburgh is one of hope and perseverance, as well as a message and a lesson to us all, of the struggles and persecution millions have to deal with on a daily basis. “We have come a long way, but disability is one of those things people will always look at because they are different. We’ve still got a long way to go to have people look at you with admiration.” 

Horsburgh also opens up on her life within the sport, the relationship she has with her teammates and the pride she has in representing Australia at the very highest level of sport. 

Learning topics for the episode include mental health, perseverance, positive mindset, the importance of sport, teamwork and relationships. 

If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in this episode, help and advice is available at www.paralympic.org/mental-health.  

Allianz is a long-standing partner of the International Paralympic Committee. Together, we’re proud to bring you this series of podcasts. We aim to help you move forward in all aspects of your personal and professional life. 

By hearing from Paralympic stars, you’ll be introduced to stories that inspire and change the way you think. Stories of facing life’s challenges with confidence, determination and excellence, and the true power of having the right team behind you.

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A fascinating journey into the minds of Paralympians, as they share experiences that can benefit your own personal and professional life. A new episode is released every Friday.  This empowering weekly series is the official podcast of the International Paralympic Committee, in partnership with Allianz.  Each podcast will provide a platform for Para athletes to talk about their empowering and inspirational stories, sporting life and greatest achievement and enable them to showcase their personalities. The episodes will go beyond Paralympic stories by covering a range of educational, confidence and self-improvement themes.  Athletes will also tackle subjects that are close to their hearts and of interest to fans. Issues to be explored include activism, leadership, motivation, changing attitudes, overcoming failure, mental health, resilience, positivity, diversity and inclusion, body confidence, compassion, decision-making, communication, self-understanding, happiness, organisation and efficiency techniques, combining family with a sport career, parenting, the power of purpose and a personal vision, assertiveness, empathy, friendship and teamwork.  The Podcast series will also explore the progress and transformational impact made by the Paralympic Movement so far in making for a more inclusive world. We’ll understand how Para sport has helped to change attitudes, increase mobility and accessibility and create more opportunities for people with a disability whether to have an education, play sport, have access to healthcare or employment. The Paralympic podcast series is presented by British broadcaster Andy Stevenson, who has reported on the Paralympic Games since 2012 for BBC and Channel 4. Paralympic athletes that are set to feature on the show include Jonnie Peacock, Tatyana McFadden and Bebe Vio. 

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29m 46s
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5
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